Business views sought on economic plan

Employers in the Marches are being invited to give their views on the barriers to, and opportunities for, business growth in the region. The Marches LEP is updating its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), which was originally published in 2013 and formed the basis of its £83m Growth Deal settlement with Government in the following year. […]

Skills gap challenge for manufacturing sector in The Marches

Almost three-quarters of all manufacturing businesses are reporting hard-to-fill vacancies with engineering being the most common gap in workforce skills, according to a survey by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership. The issues facing the sector were highlighted in the research commissioned by the Marches LEP to assess the skills challenges being experienced by the area’s advanced […]

£12m investment in Shrewsbury town centre

More than £12m is to be invested into Shrewsbury town centre to help reduce traffic and make it easier for drivers and pedestrians to get into and around the town. Plans for the Shrewsbury integrated transport package (SITP) which aims to dissuade drivers from using the town centre as a through route, and to make […]

Roundabout improvements to keep Telford moving

One of the first projects to be granted funding via The Marches LEP’s Growth Deal with Government is under way. The Telford Growth Point Package will see a number of roundabout improvements take place to to open up development land which will create homes and jobs. They have been identified for improvement due to the […]

Meet the Expert – USA

date Tuesday 16th February 2016

Marches businesses keen to launch their goods and services in the USA are being invited to a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) event next week. The free Meet the Expert event, which takes place on February 16 at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford campus, will enable businesses to book 30-minute one-to-one meetings with experts in […]

Marches LEP welcomes new council leader to the board

The Marches LEP has announced that Councillor Malcolm Pate, the newly appointed Leader of Shropshire Council, has officially joined its business-led board sitting alongside the leaders of both Herefordshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council as well as those representing the private sector. Councillor Pate, who has a long history within local government, has held […]

Marches LEP conference event to examine business challenges

The challenges facing businesses in The Marches will be discussed at a major event in April as the region plays its part in the growth of the Midlands Engine. Representatives from across a range of industry sectors will gather to discuss how the issues of connectivity and productivity can be tackled. And they’ll also hear […]

Development fund nears deadline

A multi-million pound fund aimed at creating much needed homes and jobs across the Marches will close its latest round of applications on February 19 with developers in Shropshire being encouraged to apply now in order to benefit. The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (MLEP) which manages The Marches Investment Fund announced in November that £4m […]

Export success for The Marches

Marches businesses have secured more than £31.5 million of export orders in the last six months, according to new figures. UK Trade & Investment has released data which shows how businesses in the region have benefited from UKTI support and that of the international trade teams. Nearly 50 medium-sized businesses have been supported with specialist […]

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